Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Shampoo

I hate my scalp…. It’s not a secret that my scalp is my arch nemesis and we fall out a lot of the time!

It may seem like a bold statement but my scalp is super sensitive to nearly everything and trying to find shampoos, conditioners, hair masks that don’t irritate it more, just becomes a chore nowadays.

I’ve tried and tested so many products out since the start of the year but don’t get me wrong, I don’t exactly give up after a couple of washes. I slog out the tried and tested rule and try it for a few weeks to see the full effects and a lot of the time, I’m left disappointed with the results.

After purchasing one of the latest offerings from Garnier’s Ultimate Blends collection, I decided to put it to the test and share my results. I decided to buy the Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Shampoo after seeing an advert on the tv talking about soothing the scalp. I was hoping it was going to be the shampoo of my dreams and the answer to all my problems.

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Made with rice cream and oat milk, this shampoo is a gorgeous pearlescent colour and looks rich and nourishing when you pour it out to use it. The purpose of the ingredients are to help reduce itchiness in the scalp, leaving your hair with a lightweight feeling and avoiding to weigh down the scalp.

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I have to admit my hair has been super soft and healthy looking whilst I have been using it which is always a plus. My hair hasn’t been dry feeling which a lot of medicated shampoos normally do to me. I also noticed a reduction in the dandruff/dry scalp that used to appear in my hair.

Now I haven’t had a lot of dry scalp problems lately but have suffered immensely with itchy scalp. I would say after using the shampoo for a 3-4 weeks now, I have noticed a lot less tightness in my scalp and hairline and only the odd bit of itchy feeling going on. It hasn’t cured me by any means so don’t expect a miracle product but everything works differently on different people and in my situation, my scalp just hates me.

I tend to alternate my shampoos every so often as they just start having adverse effects on my hair so I try to mix it up with Neutrogena T-Gel for a medicated dose on my scalp.

I’ve had a scout round again and found Wilko is selling this shampoo at a bargain £1.90. This is normally £3+ so this is a great reduction in price and should be snapped up soon if it’s something you want to try for yourself.

Feel free to leave any shampoo-related reviews you’ve written/posted about so I can check them out for the future.

Laura x

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What a lovely pair of Coconuts!

Don’t worry there’s no boobs or nakedness in this post. 

I recently received a brand new launch from Dirty Works in the form of the gorgeous Coconut Body Wash and being a fan of coconut scented products in general I thought I would put it to the test with Radox Coconut Kiss Shower Gel which has been a firm favourite of mine for a while now.

That’s right folks, you are getting a pair of coconut based reviews for your reading today.

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Now let’s talk about looks. Both of these products have equally pretty packaging trying to entice us from the shelves with their coconut ways. It’s definitely easy to spot them both on the shelf in store and whenever I look for a new shower gel or body wash, a nice picture of fruit/food normally sways my vote.

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Next up is the scent and look of the shower gel themselves, starting with Dirty Works. The shower gel is clear in colour and your typical gel consistency. It lathers really well and has the sweetest coconutty smell ever. I wasn’t sure when I first smelt it and did think “Oo it’s sugary smelling!“, however I’ve got used to it after a few tries and actually love how nice smelling it is. Currently it’s on offer for £1.75 from Sainsbury’s which is a reduction of 75p off the normal price.

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Now to Radox; and this product definitely differs to Dirty Works in a few ways. First up is the consistency and look, and this gel is actually a milky white colour and more of a cream texture. Now it’s not thick which is good because I hate thick gels and much prefer something lighter feeling. It lathers really well just like Dirty Works but its main difference is the scent. This one has a much fresher coconut smell mixed with a slightly milky aroma. If you’ve ever bought those tubs of fresh coconut in the shops then you will know the smell I mean. Throw a light smell of milk into it and that’s spot on. I love how fresh it smells and have actually repurchased this several times already. So I did some digging and found it’s currently on offer for £1 in Boots so thoroughly worth your basket especially coming up to holiday season.

Overall it’s difficult to compare the 2 shower gels despite them being coconut related. They look and smell completely different so if you’re a fan of all things coconut, then I think you would have to make your mind up yourself and buy both. They are equally fantastic and Dirty works latest release is a great addition to their already amazing range.

Laura x

*the Dirty works coconut gel was sent to me in exchange for an honest review but all opinions are my own as always*

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West Park Hotel Harrogate Afternoon Tea

About a month ago, I was super lucky to be contacted by the lovely people over at Living North to let me know I’d won Champagne afternoon tea for 2 at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate. I decided to treat my mum to an afternoon out in Harrogate for afternoon tea and a spot of shopping and off we ventured on Sunday just gone. The hotel is easy to find and not too far from the city centre shops so it was a nice sunny walk for us to enjoy.

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The decor is modern with plush chairs of all different styles and sizes dotted around tables or various sizes as well. We were greeted by staff at reception almost immediately and taken to our reserved booth near the front of the hotel. The waiter who took us over did explain that they were running a little slow that morning after having a couple of events on the previous evening so we were prepared for a bit of a wait and ordered a coke each to pass the time.

Not long later, a waitress came out to confirm we were having Afternoon tea and stated that someone would be with us shortly. Sure enough our tray of treats soon came along and we started to tuck in.

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Please excuse my mum’s attempt to get out the photo! We had a selection of sandwiches on the bottom slate including Ham & Pickle, Egg & Cress, Salmon & Cream Cheese and Prawn & Cucumber. Needless to say we tucked in and enjoyed the offerings before moving onto the sweet selection.

On the top slate was a couple of fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, a chocolate sponge with dark chocolate ganache topping, 2 macarons, 2 meringue nests and 4 slices of homemade Battenberg. I absolutely loved the Battenberg as I love Marzipan and the chocolate sponge was lovely and light too which was a surprise. I’m not a huge fan of macaron’s in general but these were a nice surprise and since they were only small it wasn’t too sweet.

Mum was worried that she wouldn’t be full after eating the tea but after a glass of champagne, a full afternoon tea, an Americano each and a bottle of coke, we were nice and full and ready to go shopping.

The one thing I would say about the whole experience was that the service did seem a little slow throughout and nobody was in a hurry to clear tables despite lots of staff walking around and not being overrun with customers. Champagne afternoon tea is £18.95 and for the price, I have definitely experienced better service and nicer food options as well.

Would I go back?

Both mum and myself decided we wouldn’t return but it has given us the taste and made us want to try out more places in the future.

Is it value for money? 

Personally the meal was filling and looking at other customers meals in the restaurant, the portions were generous and did look good. I would say their overall menu is value for money but the afternoon tea just didn’t hit the spot for me.

I thought I’d share some of the more unusual decor that I spotted in the hotel to end this post…

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Coloured dogs heads in the toilets?!

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A huge blue velvet sofa just outside the toilets.

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Copper leaves as lighting which looked really cool on the staircase.

I hope you’ve liked this post and leave your links in the comments if you’ve been for afternoon tea somewhere in Yorkshire that you think I should check out.

Laura x

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